Boulder, or Bolder?


The city of Boulder, Colorado sits at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. I heard recently how that city came to be there.  I learned that the city was founded by settlers from the east who had set out for the gold fields of California. 


These folks had loaded all their earthly possessions and their families into wagons and set out with a dream in their hearts.  On the way they faced all sorts of hardships.  Many lost loved ones to sickness along the way and had buried a part of their heart in the wilderness.  They faced floods, storms, hostile Indians, starvation, and other difficulties. 


Finally, after struggling all the way to Colorado, they came to the Rocky Mountains.  Facing such a monstrous obstacle, their spirit was broken and they concluded that crossing those mountains was impossible.  So they stopped.  They stayed.  The city of Boulder, Colorado was founded by people whose dream of California died and they settled for something less than their original goal.


Those early settlers said, “Impossible!” and for them, that became their reality.  Later, others proved them wrong by boldly crossing those mountains.  Those later pioneers simply refused to believe the word impossible. 


Now, don’t get me wrong.  There’s nothing wrong with living in Boulder, Colorado... not unless your dream is California.  All too often we settle for something less than we want in life.  Too often we sell our selves short and give up before we reach our goal.  Certainly, this is often the case in our personal lives, and perhaps most often it is true in our spiritual lives.  Too often we live below our potential in God’s kingdom. 


As Christians, we are called to conform to the image of Christ.  That’s a formidable task, I’ll admit.  There are all sorts of obstacles to be overcome. It’s especially formidable if we think it’s something we have to do ourselves.  Actually, doing it ourselves is impossible.  Fortunately, we are not on our own.  The Holy Spirit is the only power that can take us all the way to where God wants us to go. 


Paul had “mountain crossing” confidence in the Lord.  He told the Philippian Christians that, “…He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”   He spoke of his own determined attitude when he told them, “Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”  He told Timothy, “…I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.”


Perhaps you’ve settled for less than the best in your spiritual life.  Perhaps where you’re at isn’t all that bad, but it just isn’t what God has in mind for you.  Let me encourage you to dream again.  Let the Holy Spirit dream through you.  Through his power and presence there is no obstacle that can stop you.  Not if you refuse to believe the word “impossible.”